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The Delaware Supreme Court has turned back an effort to overturn 45 drug convictions after state drug-testing lab scandal.

The defendants from Sussex County all pleaded guilty to drug offenses before the revelations.

From 2010 to 2014 there were at least 55 piece of drug evidence from the office under the Delaware Medical Examiner’s office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Chief Justice Leo Strine wrote that despite the scandal the high court would not overturn the decisions made by the defendants to plead guilty before the revelations came to public light.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Public Defender's Office is seeking to reopen and overturn hundreds of old drug convictions as a result of problems at the state's drug testing lab.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the office has filed more than 420 motions to do just that since April 30. And more motions are coming. Delaware's public defender says his office wants to revisit all 9,500 felony and misdemeanor drug convictions between 2010 and February 2014.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Beau Biden says a recent investigation of a state drug-testing lab overseen by the medical examiner's office shows Delaware needs independent crime laboratory.

Biden said in a statement Thursday that the state needs to build its own crime laboratory.

In February, Dr. Richard Callery was suspended as chief medical examiner amid an investigation of evidence tampering at a state drug-testing lab. The criminal investigation of drug evidence being tampered with, substituted or going missing after being submitted is ongoing.